The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Scarlett Johansson is going to get a huge ton of cash for working on the standalone Black Widow movie which recently got its director. According to THR, Scarlett’s salary is equal to what the delicious Captain of America, Chris Evans, and what the hunky God of Thunder and Muscle Mass, Chris Hemsworth, were paid for Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok. Scarlett will be earning a grandios $15 million for playing Black Widow in her own movie.
Normally, Marvel doesn’t pay millions for first movies–even Robert Downey Jr. only earned a measly $500, 000 for the first Iron Man movie. Scarlett then made a low-seven figure payday for the first Avengers film, which Robert Downey earned a cool $50 million for. So she has a long way to go before she’s paid like RDJ but she’s making her way.
Chadwick Boseman and Brie Larson both also benefited from decent first movie paychecks, Chadwick earned $2 million for Black Panther and Brie got $5 million for Captain Marvel and for signing up for a seven-picture deal locking her into several franchises. Chadwick’s paycheck is expected to “go up significantly” for the next Black Panther movie, which makes sense since it earned an absolute fuck-ton (actual unit of measurement) at the box office.
Apparently for Avengers: Infinity War the talent budget is more than $100 million, but that’s not even that much considering that the Avengers movies are pretty much guaranteed to always make at least a $1 billion worldwide. Infinity War took in $2 billion worldwide, so those Marvel executives definitely aren’t eating off of paper plates and using their fingers as forks so that actors like Scarlett, Robert and the Chrises can continue to live their lives of luxury. Oh, and Marvel also “typically allows its actors to share in the upside of a film, including bonuses of up to several million dollars based on the film’s performance.”
Marvel doesn’t like when people know how insanely wealthy they are, so they didn’t love hearing these pay rumors. They gave a statement to THR saying:
“Marvel Studios disputes the accuracy of these numbers, and as a matter of policy, we never publicly disclose salaries or deal terms.”
Oh, hoy-tee-toy-tee: you’re so rich you don’t even talk about money. “Oh, look at us, we’re an elegant movie studio, Oooh, we never discuss money even though we’re drowning in thousand dollar bills! Ooooh, our bank statements are private!” (I hope you read all of that with the most nasal voice possible).